Mrs. T’s (Vegan!) Pierogies with Fried Mushrooms & Onions

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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After I had a happy attack on Facebook, Twitter, and the Internets in general over my brand spanking new shipment of Mrs. T’s (Vegan!) Pierogies, I got a few questions about how I serve them.

The usual method seems to be with sour cream or applesauce, but that’s not really my jam. Traditionally I’ve enjoyed them plain (either deep-fried or boiled), but lately I’ve been experimenting with different toppings to liven them up. Since I suck at making my own pierogies, the toppings/sides are my only real means of influencing the flavor. So far my favorite combo is fried onions and mushrooms. Onions on top add an extra dimension of onions to the dish, and mushrooms are just plain awesome.

The recipe’s kind of a no-brainer, but you know. Posterity’s sake.

Assuming you have the veggies pre-sliced (this saves so much time, people! plus you’re more likely to eat fruits and veggies if they’re just sitting there, all undressed and ready to go in the fridge! do it you won’t be sorry!), this meal takes all of ten minutes to make. Twelve, tops. Yay lazy vegans!

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Product Review: Mrs. T’s (VEGAN!) Potato and Onion Pierogies, Food Service Size

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Vegan Pierogi Party at My Place!!!

five out of five stars

So I’m a vegan. I also love pierogies. A bad combination, since pierogies are one of the few prepared convenience foods that haven’t yet received the full vegan treatment. Pre-made vegan pierogies can be difficult to find, and flavors made by mainstream brands that seem like they should be accidentally vegan – such as pierogies filled with potatoes and onions, or those that aren’t cheese-based – often aren’t.

Mrs. T’s takes the confusion to a whole new level. Most of its Potato and Onion Pierogies contain eggs. EXCEPT! The food service size is egg-free. Vegan, vegetarian, and Kosher to boot. The whole shebang. But just the food service size! These are the 48-count, 4.03-pound bags, which come packaged six to a case. UPC 041164008655. Amazon’s listing is rather short on the details, but you can find the nutritional information sheet on Mrs. T’s Food Service website.

At the time of this writing, the food service bags are only available in one grocery store chain on the East Coast (Wegmans recently discontinued them; I know because my mom works there, and used to send me care packages filled with my favorite ‘rogies!), and through FoodserviceDirect Inc., either on Amazon or directly on their website.

The day I found these pierogies listed on Amazon was the happiest of my life, perhaps second only to the day I brought my forever dog Kaylee home. I LOVE THEM THAT MUCH.

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Potato and Onion Lasagna (aka, "Pierogi Casserole")

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Being a lover of all things pasta-related, I totally ♥ pierogies. (Or ‘rogies, as I call ’em, cuz we are all BFF like that.) I’d eat them damn near every day if I had access to an endless supply, I tell you what. Unfortunately, I’m both too lazy to make them from scratch, and too vegan to purchase most prepackaged varieties off the shelf. If it’s not the animal “meat,” it’s the dairy cheese; if it’s not the dairy cheese, it’s the chicken eggs. Sigh.

Thus far, I’ve only been able to find one “accidentally vegan” pierogi in-store: Mrs. T’s Potato & Onion Pierogies. But not the “baker’s dozen” size; heaven’s no, that would be too convenient! Nope, those Mrs. T’s Potato & Onion Pierogies contain eggs. I’m talking about the food service size, silly! Which is only sold to consumers in a few store chains, including the east-coast based Wegmans, where once upon a time I not only lived, but worked. (I know, I know.) Now that I’m located more than 1,000 miles away, I have to rely on that old standby – you know, dear ole ma – for my ‘rogie fix.

And so it was that, near the end of winter, I found myself nagging my mother to send me a few bags of pierogies before the weather warmed up. The morning after one desperate, pleading phone call home (what do you expect? my freezer was completely devoid of pierogies!), I found a recipe for Pierogi Casserole in my inbox. While very NOMy-looking, I figured that this was my mother’s kind and gentle (and somewhat passive-aggressive?) way of telling me to make my own goddamn pierogies. Alas, I was mistaken, because she overnighted a box of 144 pierogies (not to mention some assorted Liz Lovely cookies which can only be described as delectable) by week’s end (and well before reading my own niggling reply to the recipe; hello, technophobia!). Cynical and jaded, who me?

Anyhow, I digress. I decided to give the recipe a spin, Mrs. T’s or no, and holy dog am I glad I did! It took, like, forever to make (major planning FAIL on my part), but this is one seriously yummy dish. Naturally, I veganized the original and projected my own tastes and preferences onto it; feel free to do the same! This is a rather basic white potatoes, onion and vegan cheddar formula, but you can mix it up with the addition of soy sausage or soy bacon bits, or use mashed sweet potatoes as a filling instead.

So many possibilities! So much NOM! And no cruelty required!

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VeganMoFo, Day 2: Accidentally Vegan

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

When I first stumbled upon PETA’s “I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan” list of “accidentally vegan” products, I was suitable impressed. All these wonderful staples of American foodie culture! All vegan! And accidentally so!

And people think being vegan equals “deprivation.” Sniff.

After years and years and years of label-reading and aisle-surfing (I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years, vegan for roughly three, and allergic to milk my entire life – scrutinizing ingredient lists is a habit, yo!), I’ve slowly built my own pantry of must-have veg*n staples, of both the accidental and intentional variety. Some of my favorites are new additions (see #5), while others are long-time comfort foods (#2). Some are even old friends, long since forsaken, which were once non-veg*n, but have received veg*n makeovers (#1). (Mmmmm, #1. The tummy is rumbling just thinking about #1!)

In no particular order, my ten most favorite happy vegan “accidents.” Leave your own in the comments – please!

1. Mrs. T’s Potato and Onion Pierogies (food service size)

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Back when I was vegetarian, I used to scarf Mrs. T’s Potato & Onion Pierogies like there was no tomorrow. Then I went vegan, and had to give them up. (Damn eggs!) After several years of pining, I was finally able to track down a vegan brand of pierogies. The catch? They’re Mrs. T’s Potato & Onion Pierogies…but in the food service size!

That’s right. For some inexplicable reason, Mrs. T’s “baker’s dozen” packages of pierogies are made with eggs. Yet, the massive 72-count food service bags are vegan. Go figure.

To make matters worse, Mrs. T’s only sells their food service items directly to restaurants, schools and such, with one exception: they’re available in some Wegmans stores. Wegmans of, ahem, Wegmans [egg] Cruelty fame. Coincidentally, Wegmans is located in my hometown of Rochester, NY, and both of my parents work there. So I had Mrs. G. send me some Mrs. T’s ‘rogies last month. She didn’t even have to travel far to find them – just down to the frozen section in her store.

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